Imphal: Civil society organisations (CSOs) under the aegis of Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) on Thursday staged a sit-in-protest against “the brutal massacre of the Naga brethren” on December 4 at Oting in Nagaland’s Mon district.

A two-minute silence was also observed for the bereaved souls.

Major CSOs of the state participated in the sit-in-protest which was held at Keishampat in Imphal West. COCOMI also urged the Union government to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from northeast India.

A placard with slogans like ‘COCOMI condemns Oting massacre’, ‘Stop killing innocent people’, ‘Repeal AFSPA 1958’, ‘Respect Northeast people’, ‘Stop dehumanisation of NE people’ were displayed by the protesters.

“Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) and democratic principles cannot exist together. AFSPA is colonial and inhumane in character and undemocratic in legislation, and, therefore, it does not have a place in any part of the country,” said Longjam Ratankumar, coordinator of COCOMI and president of HERICOUN.

It further stated that several incidents have taken place in different parts of northeast region like the one at Oting recently, where innocent unarmed civilians were deliberately shot dead by the security forces. 

“And the recent Oting massacre is another testimony to the prolonged oppression and annihilation by the Indian government,” said Ratankumar.

COCOMI vows to further their campaign jointly with other northeast CSO to push back the draconian law from the region.

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